A Worldwide Service Project :: Physical Therapists Helping Others

Serving others and bettering our communities has always been a priority for our team. Each of our clinics works on a local scale, year-round, to provide aid and items in need to families and organizations right in their own back yards. When we considered becoming a part of the Ivy Rehab Network, we were drawn to their like-minded desire to collaborate on service projects on a larger scale.

On an annual basis the Ivy Rehab Network regional and clinical directors gather together for a weekend of informative presentations, inspiring sessions, and collaborative activities. “Positioned to LEAD” was the theme of this year’s event. One highly anticipated portion of the weekend involved our annual director’s service project. This year we partnered with One World Surgery where we sent physical therapists on a mission trip to provide physical therapy services to patients who had recently had surgery, or who needed primary care.

Part of our group work involved supplying and packing physical therapy kits to send to Honduras. We provided a variety of tools and aids like Therabands, shoulder pulleys, and ice packs – all things we take for granted here in the United States, but incredibly valuable in countries where the need is high. In addition, we raised over $10,000 to directly benefit One World Surgery and the amazing work they’re doing.

The Summit was also filled a series of educational breakout sessions, led by people both inside and outside of the Ivy Rehab Network. A favorite among attendees was hearing guest speaker, Tom Burgoyne, author of the book“Pheel the Love!” This guy was a great companion as well!

Northern team member, David Sefton from Lowell, delivered a presentation on Direct Access, which gives patients the ability to visit a physical therapist with or without a referral from their doctor.

To round out the weekend there were a series of awards handed out. One of which went to Kristin Weller, clinic director at our Ionia location, as she was one of the top three finalists for the Rookie Director of the Year. Congratulations, Kristin!

We filled the entire weekend with collaboration, recognition, break-out sessions, and some great exercises that allowed us to get to know each other better. Overall, it was a really inspiring weekend that strengthened us as a team and left us feeling energized and full of fresh ideas to share.

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